Southeast Asia

Coronavirus toll soars despite lockdowns

Coronavirus deaths soared across Europe and the United States (US) on Sunday despite heightened restrictions, as Germany banned gatherings of more than two people and Chancellor Angela Merkel went into quarantine.In the US, President Donald Trump ordered emergency medical stations for hotspots, hospitals scrambled to find ventilators, and a trillion-dollar proposal to rescue America's reeling economy crashed to defeat.Germany and Greece became the latest countries to tighten curtailments

23 March 2020

Southeast Asia’s baby dumping problem

Earlier this year, a new-born baby boy was found in a blood-stained, tied-up plastic bag in Singapore. He was still alive in the rubbish bin when authorities made the shocking discovery. Local police are still searching for the parents of the abandoned baby and they could face up to seven years imprisonment or a fine, or both for the crime. This is not the first case of baby dumping in Southeast Asia.

5 March 2020

Built by women: ASEAN’s hospitality industry

Xuan Thu started at the front desk of Victoria Resort in Can Tho, located at the southern end of Vietnam, and worked her way up to the very top. In a year, she was made Front Office Manager and within another four, she was promoted to Room Division Manager.

22 February 2020

900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia

Nearly 900,000 pangolins are believed to have been trafficked across Southeast Asia in the past two decades, a wildlife watchdog said Thursday, highlighting the challenge in tackling the illicit trade.As the world's most heavily trafficked mammal, the creatures are targeted for their body parts which are highly valued in traditional medicine in countries including China and Vietnam, and their meat is seen as a delicacy.Also known as the scaly anteater, the shy, primarily nocturnal animal

21 February 2020

Southeast Asia’s rivers under threat

From rivulets to regionwide river channels, the Southeast Asian region hosts dozens of rivers. The most well-known river in Southeast Asia is the Mekong River – spanning five countries in the region itself.The Mekong, which is also the 12th longest river in the world is a major water source for drinking, fishing and agricultural needs for millions of people.

12 December 2019

Southeast Asia’s modern-day plague

Southeast Asia is known for its vast rainforests which constitute about almost 20 percent of forest cover with the richest biodiversity in the world. What the region is also known for is its alarming rate of deforestation. Southeast Asia has the highest rate of deforestation of any major tropical region followed by Latin America and Africa.

6 December 2019

China’s tourists are more sophisticated today

As the world’s most travelled nation, China is reshaping global tourism. An industry that generates 10 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and provides around one in 10 jobs worldwide. As the millennium started with 10 million trips being taken by Chinese outside the mainland, last year the figure was shy of 150 million, including visitors bound for Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.

1 December 2019

SEA Games organisers push back against media

Philippine organisers of the Southeast Asian Games fired back on Thursday after days of critical coverage of the messy build-up to Saturday's opening ceremony.Reports of unfinished construction, transport delays and complaints about food have surfaced as competitors have poured in for the regional competition.In response, lawmakers and the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte have called for a probe into the preparations.Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organising committee, told j

29 November 2019

Southeast Asia’s internet economy booming

Southeast Asia’s internet economy has reached US$100 billion for the first time and is expected to triple by 2025.This year’s edition of the e-Conomy Southeast Asia report released by Internet giants Google, Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek and global consultancy firm Bain & Company last week showed how Southeast Asia’s internet economy has more than tripled in size over the last four years amidst a fundamental shift in the way people shop, eat and get around. Southe

8 October 2019